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Dickinson State Blue Hawks women's basketball carries success into North Star Athletic Association schedule

After a convincing win, the Dickinson State women's basketball team huddled together at halfcourt before cheering that it's going to Disney World.To Blue Hawks head coach Mark Graupe, with how hard the team is playing, a vacation couldn't come at...

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Dickinson State guard Leslie Beaudoin shoots a 3-pointer over a Waldorf (Iowa) College defender Tuesday at Scott Gymnasium. (Press Photo by Colton Pool)

After a convincing win, the Dickinson State women’s basketball team huddled together at halfcourt before cheering that it’s going to Disney World.
To Blue Hawks head coach Mark Graupe, with how hard the team is playing, a vacation couldn’t come at a better time, as the team plays two games in Florida later this week.
DSU scored 32 points in the opening quarter to began its North Star Athletic Association schedule with a 91-57 win over Waldorf (Iowa) College on Tuesday at Scott Gymnasium.
“We came out pumped,” DSU junior guard Lorna Shepherd said. “We came out pushing and running the ball, more our style. That makes it tough on people with that because we have such a deep bench. As long as we keep our intensity up, we’re a tough team, and that’s when we had our runs.”

The No. 19-ranked Blue Hawks (9-2, 1-0 NSAA) didn’t give Waldorf much room for error from the beginning, as DSU scored 32 points in the opening quarter to the Warriors’ 14. Though DSU let up in the second quarter, it still took a 44-25 lead going into halftime.
At that point, DSU’s Janniqua Thomas recorded a game-high 10 of her 12 points and tied teammate Megan Klein with another game-high eight rebounds at halftime. Thomas, Klein, Shepherd, MacKayla Feeney, Paitton Herbst and Ashley Bentz had all scored six points by intermission.
Only Waldorf’s Jamerka Martin and Mackenzie Gott could say the same.
DSU ended the first two quarters with a 42.1 shooting percentage, while Waldorf shot 34.4 percent.
By the end of the game, DSU had four double-digit scorers.
“We didn’t have a great first half, but we came out the second half and shot the ball a lot better,” Waldorf head coach Katie Schutjer said. “We limited our turnovers, which is something we’ve been trying to focus on the entire year.”
DSU’s shots from 3-point range broke the Warriors’ back in the third quarter. The Blue Hawks made 5 of 9 3-pointers, including a couple nothing-but-net 3s from Beaudoin, and the streak was capped by a high-arching trey from Bentz as time expired in the third frame.
DSU ended the game shooting 42.7 percent and 11 of 32 from beyond the arc.
“Coach gave me the green light,” Beaudoin said. “If I’m open, let it go. … As soon as my 3 game is on, it helps everything else out like running the court, and the transition game helps too.”
The only disappointment for the Blue Hawks was an injury of Thomas, their leading scorer. She came out of DSU’s training room over to the bench in the third quarter with her arm wrapped up by bandages with a dislocated shoulder.
“The good thing is it’s her left shoulder, so non-shooting (arm),” Graupe said. “She’s not playing this weekend, which is a shame because the team we play is really good.”
DSU’s next game will be during the team’s trip to Florida against Webber International on Friday, then against Keiser University in Northwood, Fla., on Saturday.
But the Blue Hawks have a few more plans while they’re near Orlando.
“That is the best feeling to go out (there), especially somewhere warm,” Shepherd said with a Mickey Mouse hat on her head. “Warmth will be nice, but we still have to remember we’re there to play basketball. That’s what we have to focus on out there.”

WC 14 11 19 13
DSU 32 12 24 21
WC (1-10, 0-6 NSAA): Meriel Leavy 1-4 0-0 3, Taylor Fricke 2-6 0-0 6, Ameh Obgemudia 0-7 0-2 0, Miriah Carruth 1-6 2-2 4, Samantha Birkes 5-14 0-2 12, Kassidy Bunger 0-1 0-0 0, Jamerka Martin 5-10 2-2 13, Molly Greenfield 2-6 1-1 6, Mackenzie Gott 6-13 1-4 13. Totals: 22-67 6-13 57.
DSU (9-2, 1-0 NSAA): Megan Klein 3-5 5-6 11, Janniqua Thomas 5-9 2-4 12, Lorna Shepherd 4-7 0-0 11, MacKayla Feeney 2-11 0-0 6, Taylor Henningsgard 2-5 2-3 7, Leslie Beaudoin 4-9 0-0 9, Paitton Herbst 1-1 2-2 5, Payton Schieffer 1-1 1-2 3, Alyssa Hildebrand 0-4 2-2 2, Ashley Bentz 6-10 0-0 15, Kara Glor 1-1 1-1 3, Rachael McDonough 0-2 0-0 0, Tess Blaquiere 1-5 0-0 2, Sydney Bentz 1-2 0-0 2, Jalyn Klauzer 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 32-75 15-21 91.
Total fouls: WC 17, DSU 19. 3-point goals: WC 7-31 (Leavy 1-2, Fricke 2-6, Carruth 0-5, Birkes 2-6, Bunger 0-1, Martin 1-5, Greenfield 1-5, Gott 0-1), DSU 11-32 (Shepherd 3-4, Feeney 2-10, Henningsgard 1-4, Beaudoin 1-2, Herbst 1-1 Hildebrand 0-3, A. Bentz 3-5, McDonough 0-1, Blaquiere 0-1, S. Bentz 0-1). Rebounds: WC 38 (Greenfield 8), DSU 55 (Klein 11). Assists: WC 12 (Carruth 6), DSU 19 (Henningsgard 7). Steals: WC 3 (three tied with 1), DSU 10 (Shepherd 3). Blocks: WC 2 (two tied with 1), DSU 4 (Klein 4). Turnovers: WC 13, DSU 10.

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